Introducing Music Empowerment Mobility Exchange (MEME), a collaborative European project which empowers youth to engage in music making and community building.
Supporting over 110 people active in music and music empowerment across ten countries, who will come together to learn instruments, form bands and exchange around community organising and storytelling through media making, MEME features a Planning Visit to Berlin in June, the MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin, Germany in July 2018 and a MEME Seminar and Network Exchange in Belgrade, Serbia in September 2018.
Backed by the Erasmus Plus programme and spanning seven months, MEME is led by Stelpur Rokka, Iceland in partnership with hosting organisations Ruby Tuesday e.V, Germany and OPA / Femix, Serbia and sending organisations Fundacja Pozytywnych Zmian, Poland; Girls Rock Dublin, Ireland; Girls Rock London, UK; Girls Rock! Finland, Finland; JM / LOUD, Norway; Pink Noise, Austria; Popkollo, Sweden and Stowarzyszenie Kobieca Transsmisja, Poland. All organisations come from the tradition of “girls rock camp”, music and arts based camps where girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a concert at a live music venue and are members of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
After successfully securing €110,000 from the Erasmus Plus Youth programme of the European Union, having scored 90/100 in its bid, this new and ambitious collaboration will promote gender equality and combat discrimination through an intersectional, anti-discrimination approach to empowerment through music and creativity.
Auður Viðarsdóttir, Stelpur Rokka! and MEME project leader: Facilitating artistic and social exchange across European and international borders is essential to our long term goal of transforming music scenes and society now and tomorrow by advancing participation of girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people. Through both the MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin, Germany and the MEME Seminar and Network Exchange in Belgrade, Serbia we intend to accelerate this process.
Maebh Murphy, vice chairperson of Ruby Tuesday and MEME project leader: We look forward to hosting the first MEME Youth Rock Camp Exchange in Berlin this July and working alongside other like-minded organisations active in youth empowerment through music and creativity with the intention of fostering new attitudes towards creative processes and developing power through each other.
Contact details of project leaders Auður Viðarsdóttir and Maebh Murphy
Auður Viðarsdóttir (Stelpur Rokka!, Iceland)
Maebh Murphy (Ruby Tuesday e.V., Germany)